Delhi Agra Weekend Tour

  • 02 Nights/ 03 Days
  • Delhi – Agra - Delhi
  • 03 days Delhi Agra Weekend Tour has been designed for the tourists who can fly down to Delhi on Friday evening and need to attend office on Monday morning, thus, departing from Delhi on Sunday evening. Two major tourist destinations – Delhi, national capital of India, and Agra, seat of Taj Mahal – are covered and famous monuments like Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Akshardham, Jama Masjid, Red Fort, Qutub Minar and India Gate are visited.

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Day 1 Delhi arrival – Agra (by car-220 kms/ 04 hrs)

As soon as you arrive at New Delhi airport, you will be received by our representative and directly driven to Agra, the seat of globally renowned one of the Seven Wonders of The World Taj Mahal.

The city of the Taj Mahal and once the capital of the Mughal Empire, Agra, has several monuments that show the splendor of Mughal architecture. It was here where Babar, the founder of the dynasty, constructed the first formal Persian garden, Aram Bag, on the banks of Yamuna. Agra is mentioned in the ancient Mahabharata epic tale as Agraban, the sister city of Mathura. Agra was established in 1475 by Badal Singh. Later, Sikander Lodhi of the Lodhi dynasty chose Agra as his capital being at strategic location on the banks of the Yamuna. Babur defeated the Lodhis to capture not only Agra but also to lay the foundation of Mughal rule. During 16th & 17th centuries, Agra witnessed construction of large buildings, the Taj Mahal, for example. Agra boasts of still having large repertoire of Mughal cuisines.

It will take about four to five hours to reach Agra. By the time you will reach Agra, it will be early hours of night. On arrival at Agra, you will be directly transferred to pre-booked Agra hotel. Our Agra representative will ensure express check in so that you could get enough time to relax and sleep. Overnight stay will be in Agra hotel.

Day 2 Agra sightseeing tour –Fatehpur Sikri – Delhi (by car- 250 kms/ 05 hrs)

Agra sightseeing tour will commence from early in the morning. Taj Mahal looks exceedingly beautiful during sunrise hours. Agra tour guide will meet you in the lobby of the hotel. Special Agra experience will be added by enjoying a ‘tonga’ ride, from Agra hotel to Taj Mahal.

The source of the name "Taj Mahal" is not very clear but scholars believe that it is an abbreviation of the name of the empress, Mumtaz Mahal and translated as "Crown Palace". It took twenty-two years, thirty-two million rupees and more than twenty thousand workers to build it. Completed in 1648, the documents concerning the construction of the Taj Mahal cite the name of Ustad Isa as the architect of Taj Mahal. The skilled workforce belonged to Delhi, Kannauj, Lahore, Multan, Baghdad, Shiraz and Bukhara. It is unfathomable and unswerving manifestation a man’s love to her wife-the woman who proved his loyalty and lasting friendship until his last breath, a woman of great physical beauty and charming virtues.

After visiting Taj Mahal, return to Agra hotel to relax, refresh and have breakfast. Thereafter, check out from the hotel and proceed for visiting Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.

"Agra Fort" is one of the three UNESCO World Heritage sites in Agra. It is symbolic of Mughal grandeur and might. Akbar, Babur’s grandson, raised the towering ramparts of the Red Fort. Jahangir built, within Red Fort of Agra, palaces, courtyards and gardens. Later, Shah Jahan built several beautiful buildings like mosques, palaces and pavilions of gargantuan scale. All those constructions are embellished with marble and architectural finesse.

"Fatehpur Sikri" is termed as Ghost City, almost 37 kms from Agra, a city in Uttar Pradesh, India. Fatehpur Sikri was founded by Akbar, who had no heir for a long time. In order to seek a son, he visited Shaikh Salim Chishti who lived in a town called Sikri. Akbar got his blessing and, thus, three children. As a gesture, Akbar built a new city in Sikri-a city dominated by red sandstone buildings- Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri was built during the late sixteenth century by Akbar. Fatehpur Sikri or the City of Victory was the capital of the Mughal kingdom for a period of 10 years. The complex has great monuments, all in a uniform architectural form - amalgamation of Indian and Asian architecture. The complex also includes one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid. Built between 1569 and 1585 to be the capital along with Agra, Fatehpur Sikri was soon abandoned by its critical water system. This medieval township is kept abandoned for nearly 400 years and its palaces are reminders of the extravagance of the Mughal. The effort of the Archaeological Department has retained much of the old structures in this deserted city. The mosque at Fatehpur Sikri is said to be a replica of the mosque in Mecca and has designs, derived from Persian and Indian architecture. Although the city is in ruins, it is a place to see during a visit to Agra. But in real terms Fatehpur Sikri is a place where you should spend your time. The sunset over the ruins is a glorious site. Fatehpur Sikri is now a world heritage site. The best monuments in this area are the Diwan-i-Am, Diwan-i-Khas, Panch Mahal, Jama Masjid, Buland Darwaza and the tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti are among the finest specimens of Mughal architecture.

After visiting Fatehpur Sikri, depart for New Delhi. Late in the evening reach New Dehi. You will directly be transferred to Delhi hotel for leisure and overnight stay.

Day 3 Delhi sightseeing tour –Departure

After enjoying delicious breakfast in Delhi hotel, check out and proceed for sightseeing of Delhi with tour guide. One of the most fascinating aspects of Delhi is the visibility of its historical past. If it were not for the demands of urbanization, large portions of the city could well be framed as archaeological parks. This is because the rulers of successive dynasties since the time of Mahabharata established seven cities in different parts of Delhi. A chronological review of these cities also serves as a route for tourists. In Delhi, one can watch some of the 1300 officially listed monuments. In 1955, excavations at the Purana Qila revealed that the place was inhabited 3,000 years ago. Painted pottery dating beyond 1000 BC confirms the association of the site with the epic Mahabharata.

You will be visiting Red Fort (from outside), Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Parliament House, Qutub Minar etc. India Gate, built as a memorial to commemorate the 70,000 soldiers killed in the First World War soldiers, was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and completed in 1931. Rashtrapati Bhawan, formerly the Viceregal Lodge, is the highlight of the New Delhi of Lutyens and was completed in 1929 at a cost from 1253000 pounds. Located in an area of 130 hectares, the palace has 340 rooms. Red Fort, named for its red sandstone with which it is built, is one of the most magnificent palaces in the world. Indian history is also linked strongly with this place. It was here that the British took the last Mughal emperor, Bhadur Shah Zafar, marking the end of three centuries of Mughal rule. From here Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawharlal Nehru, announced to the nation that India was free from colonial rule. The origin of Qutub Minar is shrouded in controversy. Some believe, it was erected as Victory Tower to mark the beginning of the Muslim rule in India. Others say, it served as a minaret to the muezzins to call prayer. No one can, however, dispute that the tower is not only one of the finest monuments in India, but the world.

After visit of various historical monuments and colourful market of Delhi, you will be transferred in-time to Delhi airport to board flight for your onward destination.

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